February 4, 2013

Will the Burmese Spring Collapse?

Christian Lewis, National Review

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Burmese president Thein Sein's government deserves credit for the country’s ambitious political and economic liberalization program, but there is still a non-negligible risk that Burma’s reform process will fall apart, or serious risk that it will stall. Last week, the Paris Club of donor nations wrote down $6 billion of the $11 billion owed by Burma for development projects dating back to the 1980s, and the multilateral financial institutions and regional development banks received payment from Japan to clear arrears, a prerequisite to new lending. As a result, there will be plenty of opportunities for businesses to capitalize on projects funded by lending programs from international institutions, bilateral subsidized loans, and foreign aid. While the risks from endemic...

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TAGGED: Aung San Suu Kyi, Thein Sein, Myanmar, Burma


January 28, 2013
Burma's Insurance Against a Free Press
Rob Cuthbert, Yale Journal
When the West advocates on behalf of Burmese journalists, it focuses on what the Burmese can and cannot say. But, if the West truly wants to engage in effective advocacy for Burmese journalists, it should expand its concerns to... more ››
January 26, 2013
Burma Flexes Muscles Against Chinese Business
Lucy Ash, BBC News
Burma's steps towards democracy have made it possible for people to protest publicly, for the first time in decades, against things they don't like - and Chinese businesses have turned out to be top of their list. more ››